Consultant Licensing etc. Redux

To: Carl Clifford <>
Subject: Consultant Licensing etc. Redux
From: Chris Charles <>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2009 21:51:27 +1000
The findings of your ferreting may suggest something else.
You say that Malaysia has a registration system for environmental consultants but is perceived to have a poor record of environmental action. Could it be that to achieve registration in Malaysia, a company must have certain political credentials? Could it be that a registration system in Australia could apply pressure in that direction too?

What reason do we have to assume that a large prestigious registered company that has invested in its 'Brand' will do a better job technically than a small company? I cant see how registration would change Chris Brandis' experience. More likely to entrench the 'safe' option of citing an established name rather than a little known local (sorry Chris).

Regards, Chris

Chris Charles
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33deg 47'30"S

On 22/06/2009, at 6:54 PM, Carl Clifford wrote:

Dear All,

It seems I started a discussion on a subject that some members of B- A feel passionately about. Interestingly, there has not been a post against the subjects I raised. A couple of respondents thought that I had used too wide a brush in including all consultants, which I did not intend, I actually was referring to those consultants whose work might potentially have a negative effect on the Public Good. In areas where the consultancy may have an adverse effect on Private Goods, well I think it should remain a case of caveat emptor, perhaps with the exception of the various forms of Financial Consultants.

The reason I asked the original questions is that my curiosity was piqued by a ferret through the Malaysian Department of Environment's web site on another matter. I noticed on their home page , links which led to pages for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) consultant registration, listings of registered environmental consultants and listings of EIA reports for public review, etc. Here is a country which many Australians regard as less than proactive on the environment, often justifiably, with an environmental consultant registration scheme and a process for the public to be able to review reports drawn up by these consultants, yet in Australia, nothing.

I was pleased to see that many in the environmental consultancy industry seem to agree that some form of institutionalisation of the industry is necessary, as is public access to consultants' reports.

Carl Clifford

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